Prof Dr. Hathaikarn Manuspiya | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award 

The Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University | Thailand

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Hathaikarn Manuspiya embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1994. She continued her studies in Polymer Science, earning a Master's degree from the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, in 1997. Pursuing her passion for materials engineering, Dr. Manuspiya received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 2003, focusing on advanced materials science and engineering.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Manuspiya's professional career is marked by a series of significant roles. From 2003 to 2004, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University. She then joined the Petroleum and Petrochemical College at Chulalongkorn University as a Lecturer in 2004, progressing to Assistant Professor by 2006, Associate Professor by 2016, and finally Professor of Polymer Technology in 2018. Her administrative acumen is reflected in her roles as Associate Dean for Research Affairs (2012-2016) and Deputy Director (2016-2020) before becoming the Director of the Center of Excellence on Petrochemical and Materials Technology (PETROMAT) in 2021.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Manuspiya's research is extensive and impactful, spanning ultrasonics, spectroscopy, molecular docking, and density functional theory. Her work in bacterial cellulose, advanced nanomaterials, and bio-additives has led to significant advancements in food packaging, energy storage, and biotechnology. She has led over 50 research projects with substantial funding and has mentored numerous Ph.D. and Master's students, contributing to the academic and professional growth of future scientists.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout her career, Dr. Manuspiya has received numerous prestigious awards. Notable recognitions include the L'Oréal Thailand “For Women in Science” Fellowship (2011), Honorable Mention Awards from BioPlastics Innovation Contest (2016), and the Most Outstanding in Teaching Award by Chulalongkorn University (2016). In 2023, she was elected to the University Council of Phetchabun Rajabhat University and has been a vital member of various national and international committees.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Manuspiya's influence extends beyond her research. She has significantly contributed to open science through organizing conferences, panel discussions, and science exhibitions. Her consultancy work has facilitated the development of new polymer compounds and innovative industrial solutions, enhancing the practical applications of her research.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Manuspiya’s legacy is characterized by her dedication to advancing materials science and fostering the next generation of researchers. Her future contributions are expected to continue shaping the fields of petrochemical and polymer technology, with ongoing research projects aimed at sustainable and innovative solutions for industrial and environmental challenges.


Notable Publications

Fabrication of a colorimetric film based on bacterial cellulose/metal coordination framework composite for monitoring food spoilage gas 2023 (5)

Enabling high dielectric constant and low loss tangent in BaTiO3–epoxy composites through a 3D interconnected network structure of ceramic phase 2023 (1)

Superhydrophilic bacterial cellulose membranes efficiently separate oil-in-water emulsions 2023 (3)

Nanocomposite films of PLA/PBAT blends incorporated with porous clay heterostructure from mixed surfactant systems and their effect of temperature and pressure on dielectric properties 2023 (1)

Improvement of compatibility, mechanical, thermal and dielectric properties of poly(lactic acid) and poly(butylene adipate‐co‐terephthalate) blends and their composites with porous clay heterostructures from mixed surfactant systems 2022 (3)




Hathaikarn Manuspiya | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award

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